Dorothy Johnson

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Dorothy A. (Dort) Johnson Dort Johnson passed away in her sleep on July 19 while vacationing with family. An artist, caregiver, wife and mother, she was 87. Dort was born to George and Elsie Hoglund of Fergus Falls, Minnesota on June 14, 1926. She had one younger sister, Harriet (Anderson). After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Dort moved to Topeka in 1948 to work for the Menninger Foundation. While in Topeka she met her husband E. Edward (Ed) Johnson, who later became U.S. Attorney for the State of Kansas. Dort and Ed were married in 1950 and had three sons, Jeff, Tim and Todd. Ed predeceased Dort in 2000, and Tim predeceased her in 2010. During her life, Dort distinguished herself in many professional, artistic and volunteer endeavors. A degreed occupational therapist, she was employed by several Topeka convalescent homes during the 1960's and 1970's. Dort was a fine seamstress and in the early 1980's co-owned a Topeka fabric store where she led sewing classes. Beginning in the late 1980's, Dort focused her artistic energy and gained regional renown in ceramics, both wheel thrown and free-form. A long-time volunteer for Washburn University and the Mulvane Art Museum, during the 1990's she led the effort to create an outdoor sculpture garden adjacent to the Mulvane. Dort is survived by two sons, Jeff and Todd, and a grandson, Mitchell Johnson. Services will be held for Dort at 11 AM, Sat. Oct. 12 at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 801 SW Westchester Rd., Topeka. A memorial will be held from 4 to 6 PM, Sat. Oct. 12 at the Mulvane Art Museum Sculpture Garden on the Washburn University campus. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the attention of: Mulvane Art Museum, c/o Washburn University Foundation, 1729 SW MacVicar Ave., Topeka KS, 66604, RE: Dort Johnson

Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Oct. 2, 2013
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